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The dentist [Aug. 2nd, 2015|01:05 am]
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There's a wise saying going around, about people getting boycotted for their political opinions:

"Bad argument gets good argument. Does not get bullet."

But in this case, it's

"Bullet gets boycott."


Here's a practical approach:

Update 31 July 2015: British Airways, Air France, KLM, Singapore Airways, Lufthansa, Air Emirates, Iberia Airlines, IAG Cargo and Qantas have all confirmed they ban the transport of animal trophies. Let's keep the pressure up on Delta and others to join them![link to petition is below]
https://action.sumofus.org/a/cecil-airlines/?sub=fb
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Yay for Sea Shepard! [Jul. 30th, 2015|06:45 pm]
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/world/a-renegade-trawler-hunted-for-10000-miles-by-vigilantes.html?_r=1
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Gay marriage vs 'civil union' or expanded POAs? [Jul. 28th, 2015|05:37 pm]
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Elsewhere I'm debating with an anti-gay person who says 'hospital visitation' rights are not important, and challenges me to name other situations where the legal status 'married' is important.

Links would be appreciated.
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Very good article on Hilllary [Jul. 22nd, 2015|12:06 pm]
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One nit: the writer says H was bad "on the stump". I never saw one of those, but she did a looooong high tech "National Town Hall" sort of thing on live tv taking questions from various states. Very good, lots of energy and stamina.

(She's also touring the Red states that gave Obama delegates in August 2008 but never vote Democratic in November so are normally ignored in nominating. I kind of worry that she's fighting 2008's war. Fun if she actually gets some of those states to vote Demo for the first time.)


http://www.vox.com/2015/7/21/9008859/hillary-clinton-inside-politics
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Lovely, especially in uncorrected OCR [Jul. 14th, 2015|06:03 am]
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Hugo winners vs MilSF etc -- Part II [Jun. 14th, 2015|01:06 pm]
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Replying here to all who commented on my previous post. Much thanks!

I didn't see any commenters disagreeing with each other, and I think this is an informative summing up.

In all genres, the authors of popular books are rewarded financially because they sell a lot. The authors of more literary works are, if they catch the eye of the selection panel, rewarded by awards.

In the case of the Hugos, the "selection panel" is the subset of fans who attend Worldcon or who buy supporting membership [$40] AND who opt to nominate and vote for the different categories [....]
--heleninwales


There might be some numbers to indicate just how small  that subset is, compared to the total number of SF fans, er, dedicated readers/buyers of SF. But who qualifies as a True Fan is not so likely to be agreed on.

As a former used bookseller and librlary patron, I've seen many collections quite heavy on Hugo winners, and light on other SF.  Somewhere lately I've seen that remarked on and attributed to buyers with bosses who want a safe choice.
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Hugo winners vs MilSF etc [Jun. 13th, 2015|06:21 pm]
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Here's a simple study that wouldn't even have to define 'MilSF etc'. For the last decade or so, get the sales record of each Hugo winning novel during, say, the first five years of its release. Look at the first five years of a number of top-selling non-Hugo winners. Does a pattern emerge? If each Hugo winning novel did not in fact sell a lot more copies, then maybe the Hugo voters aren't speaking for all the SF buyers.

In the recent fuss about the Puppies, has anyone actually done such a study?
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For fans of M.C.A. Hogarth / Micah / Haikujuaguar [May. 29th, 2015|11:19 am]
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For fans of M.C.A. Hogarth / Micah / Haikujuaguar, here's a place to nominate something for something worthwhile.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/S681XLG2KFFL

For more details, see http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/1481540.html
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Three Body Problem -- maybe really good? [May. 25th, 2015|06:54 pm]
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This review makes it sound really good. There is real SF in it, and quite a lot, apparently.

http://mondyboy.livejournal.com/278437.html
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The Three Body Problem [May. 24th, 2015|02:16 pm]
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Wow, a review of THE THREE BODY PROBLEM that actually mentions the plot! And the plot has some SF in it, though apparently more Cultural Revolution than either.

http://redheadedfemme.livejournal.com/404015.html

ETA - I just asked this at her site:

How are the history and the characters' backgrounds presented? Flashbacks, infodumps, etc? Does it simply start decades ago and progress steadily and glacially to the time of the story?
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